WASHINGTON — Jay Gruden was fired as head coach of the Washington Redskins on Monday after an 0-5 start to the sixth season of a tenure that featured only one playoff appearance.

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OAKLAND, Calif. — When he got to second base, Yandy Diaz stole a glance back toward the dugout and saw all his teammates going crazy. He gleefully kept running.

ROSEMONT, Ill. — Michigan State coach Tom Izzo had little doubt All-America guard Cassius Winston would return for his senior season rather than jump to the NBA. And it wasn’t just because he needed another year of college ball.

WASHINGTON (AP) — After all the heartache and close calls, all the early exits, maybe it makes sense that a 20-year-old kid who never had been to the postseason, Juan Soto, would help the Washington Nationals finally advance.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Panthers coach Ron Rivera knew he was going to field some tricky questions about whether to stick with Kyle Allen at quarterback following a fantastic performance Sunday against the Cardinals or go back to struggling 2015 MVP Cam Newton.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Antonio Brown went on a Twitter rant on his first NFL Sunday without a team, announcing he was done for good with the league that exiled him. Even though, he claimed, it had been more lenient toward others facing allegations of sexual misconduct.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Patriots receiver Antonio Brown declined to answer questions about allegations of sexual assault and rape against him and says he's keeping his focus on football.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — C. Vivian Stringer is back with a new outlook on life after stepping away at the end of last season because of exhaustion.

DENVER — Last week, cornerback Chris Harris Jr. mentioned how critical it was for the Broncos to beat the Bears because “there’s not a lot of 0-2 teams that make the playoffs.”

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pittsburgh Pirates closer Felipe Vázquez was being held Wednesday in a Pennsylvania jail on multiple felony charges after allegedly telling investigators he attempted to have sex with an underage girl during a meeting at her house in 2017.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Jalen Ramsey arrived for the season in the back of an armored truck , sending a clear message to the Jacksonville Jaguars about his worth.

The way NFL quarterbacks having been going down or losing their jobs just two weeks into the season, it’s no stretch to wonder who’s next.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Eli Manning’s long and distinguished reign as the New York Giants’ starting quarterback is seemingly over. Let the Daniel Jones era begin.

The NFL has long planned a year-long celebration for its 100th season this year. But the game’s most prominent position has yet to join the party.

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — From his youth in central Florida to his college career at USC, Nickell Robey-Coleman dreamed of making a mark on NFL history.

DONGGUAN, China — USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo said Thursday that when the time comes to start assembling the 2020 Tokyo Olympics roster, he won’t forget those who backed out of commitments to play in the World Cup this summer.

DONGGUAN, China — The U.S. came to China looking to again be the best in the world.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — This was supposed to be the year that the Southeastern Conference showcased its wealth of experienced quarterbacks up and down the league.

HONG KONG (AP) — Thousands of Hong Kong soccer fans booed loudly and turned their backs when the Chinese national anthem was played before a World Cup qualifier match against Iran on Tuesday, taking the city's months of protests into the sports realm.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Bill Belichick isn’t concerned about Antonio Brown’s past.

NEW ORLEANS — An attorney and New Orleans Saints fan said Monday he will go no further with his court fight against the NFL over game officials’ failure to call an obvious penalty at a crucial point in a January playoff game.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots trolled the Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday and then blew them out Sunday night.

NEW YORK — Rafael Nadal’s 19th Grand Slam trophy went from inevitable to suddenly in doubt in a thrill-a-minute U.S. Open final.

WASHINGTON — The Education Department is fining Michigan State University a record $4.5 million and demanding sweeping changes after determining that it failed to respond to sexual assault complaints against Larry Nassar, a former sports doctor at the school who also worked at USA Gymnastics.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Chris Jones tried to keep a straight face as he stood in front of his locker in the Kansas City Chiefs practice facility, a gaggle of reporters huddling around him to catch his every word.

SHANGHAI — The U.S. finally got to enjoy an easy night at the World Cup.

Far more than the final score will be on the line as two grief-stricken cities shaken by mass shootings weeks apart turn to the proud Texas tradition of high school football as part of the healing process.

NEW YORK — Plenty of Roger Federer wannabes had the same experience when they first tried tennis.

From the moment Terry Bradshaw rode his horse through Hollywood and Beverly Hills, everyone knew Fox’s NFL Sunday pregame show was going to be different. It can also claim to be something else — a Hall of Fame inductee.

CLEVELAND — The service elevator door slides open and Baker Mayfield politely waits for his wife, Emily, to exit and then follows her down a hallway into the downtown hotel’s restaurant.

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OTTUMWA [mdash] Richard Langstraat, 88, died October 6, 2019 at Good Samaritan Society -Ottumwa. Funeral services are 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Reece Funeral Home with burial in Forest Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.